Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Shifting seasons November 6, 2019

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The snowy rural landscape in south central Wisconsin last Friday.


LAST WEEK I SMUGLY smiled as my daughter shared that 5.5 inches of snow fell in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives. We’d had none yet here in Faribault.


The snowy landscape en route to Madison. The southern Minnesota landscape now looks similar after a Tuesday night snowfall.


That changed last night. I awoke this morning to a landscape layered in several inches of snow. So much for my attitude of better you, Wisconsin, than us in Minnesota.


Sections of the interstate still showed residual salt brine, or whatever is used to treat icy/snowy roadways in Wisconsin.


That all said, Randy and I traveled to Madison the day after their snowfall. Only residuals remained like snow flying off semis, dried salt brine on the interstate, snow in shadowed woods and upon fields, and, in the capitol city, snow atop parked vehicles.


The bluffs along the Mississippi River near La Crosse are still autumn beautiful, albeit muted under cloudy skies. I photographed this last Friday.


Built into the Mississippi River-side bluff along I-90, Minnesota side, near La Crosse, Wisconsin.


The beautiful and diverse landscape of southern Wisconsin as photographed from the interstate.


Despite Winter’s presence, we saw Autumn in seemingly no hurry to exit the Midwest. Stubborn leaves still clung to hillsides of trees. Rusty remnants of a season that, for me, was way too short this year.


From Minnesota to Wisconsin, so many cornfields remain unharvested. This one is in southeastern Minnesota.


For farmers also. I observed endless acres of unharvested cornfields during our four-hour drive to and from Madison. Way too much rain has muddied fields and delayed harvest. I feel for the farmers. They’ve experienced a difficult year with excessive rainfall. And now this snow…

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “Shifting seasons”

  1. I hearing the whole US is supposed to have a doozy of a winter this year. We’re already seeing temps running an average of 30 degrees below normal and an Arctic blast on the way. Lovely photos, Audrey. I especially like the 2nd one in your post.

  2. Edward Brian Says:

    The Devils Lake ND area where I grew up had 24 inches of snow several weeks ago, that was my “Better them than us” moment. As far as the late harvest, I’ve seen combines harvesting corn and sunflowers with snow on the ground. Farmers sure have to deal with lots of challenges.

  3. September/October here was a heat wave with an added sauna (humidity) at times – been waking up to the 70’s so far for November. This month and out of hurricane season too. I will just take in winter through my screen since I do not know if I can do winter anymore since living here. Take Care, Be Safe, Keep Warm! Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  4. Susan Ready Says:

    As always your photo essays are well thought out displaying evocative images, sparse words but with contemplative thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I have a feeling you are not alone in your snow scape either. Looks like snow is coming everywhere and I will probably get to see some in Ohio this weekend. Not thrilled about that but it is to be expected around this time of year. Enjoy the winter blast!

  6. I made my bi-annual trip to Nebraska in late September and early October and glad I did, because it seems we bypassed autumn and headed right into winter weather this year! Even down here in Oklahoma the NW part of the state has gotten a little snow, and we’ve had below freezing temperatures many nights.

    I enjoy you’re pretty snow photos, and hope I won’t be posting any of my own any time soon!! 😀

  7. Missy’s Håndarbeid (Missy’s Crafty Mess) Says:

    The farm landscape is beautiful with snow but a hard year on farmers. So many farms in my area never planted crops because of the wet fields. I saw a few installing drainage systems instead.

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